Chicago, IL Auto Goes Into River, Dec 1931

AUTO SLIPS INTO RIVER; 9 DROWNED.

CALUMET RIVER NEAR CHICAGO SCENE OF DISASTER.

Chicago - (AP) - Nine persons, six of them children, were drowned Thursday night when their automobile slipped off the roadway and fell 22 feet into the Calumet River.
The victims were members of two families, one from New Era, Mich., and the other from Coopersville, Mich.
Jake Schiller, a sailor of Coopersville, head of one of the families, escaped from the sedan. After making efforts to rescue members of the party, he swam ashore and notified authorities.
More than two hours passed before the submerged automobile could be brought to the bank.
Those drowned:
CLARENCE POSTMANA, 3, New Era.
HOWARD POSTMANA, 8.
MILDRED POSTMANA, 11.
JOHN POSTMANA, 38, the father.
BECA POSTMANA, 38, his wife.
ALICE SCHILLER, 3.
SHIRLEY SCHILLER, 7 weeks.
LOUISE SCHILLER, 3.
SENECA SCHILLER, 29, the mother.
SCHILLER said he and his family had driven from Coopersville to spend New Year's Day with the POSTMANAS. The two families attended church services, and were on their way to Chicago for a New Year's Eve celebration when they lost their way.
POSTMANA, who was driving, attempted to turn the car around on the road-end near the Calumet River. One wheel, SCHILLER said, slipped off the roadway and the car toppled into the water.

Muscatine Journal and News Tribune Iowa 1932-01-01